Mirotic is the most experienced of the young group of shooters the Bulls were counting on to provide some spacing. But the third-year forward has struggled to contribute, scoring only 10 points per game on 31 percent three point shooting.
Now, the big man from Spain has been identified in this report by Dan Favale of Bleacher Report as the Chicago player most likely to bolt this Summer in free agency:
There will be more outside interest in Mirotic. He’s never lived up to his stretch 4 billing, but he’s relatively young at 26, and his sub-31 three-point percentage will balloon on the right team.
“OK, it’ll spike on pretty much any other team.
“Chicago is second to last in three-point attempts per game and knockdown rate. Mirotic isn’t getting the highest-quality looks in an offense ill-equipped to manufacture them. He’s shooting 36.2 percent on wide-open threebies, but those barely account for one-third of his outside opportunities.
“Couple this with playing time that has varied by the game since January, and any sizable offer thrown at Mirotic could end up being enough for the Bulls to send him on his way.”
It’s a move that more or less makes sense for both sides, assuming Mirotic receives a great deal of outside interest. If the Bulls can get the forward back on a cheap contract, there would be no reason to let him walk. But if he is as expensive as you would expect a young player with potential to be, he doesn’t fit the Bulls model.
Favale also discusses the possibility of first-year Bulls guard Dwyane Wade opting out of his expensive contract, but ultimately concludes that the Bulls would be better off without him.